Wednesday 25 April 2012: saffron crocus
Today we journeyed to Bindoon and Gingin to the family farm of our lovely neighbours T and B and their equally lovely littlies E and T.
Having thought today's blip might be of us out in the west aussie bush, when we arrived next door to start the great trip B showed me their pot of now flowering saffron crocus, Crocus sativus.
These corms have been almost four years in the pot awaiting the first flowers, tended with tlc until yesterday when they decided to show off their special wares. As wiki says 'rabbits, rats and birds cause damage by digging up corms' and as B and T say so does a three year old who promptly 'weeded' the pot when it flowered. Now replanted and they have recovered well!
How very cool is this.
Having a beautiful box of Neffies saffron tucked away carefully in my kitchen's special things place it is very amazing to think that next door they are growing their own saffron, strand by special strand.